Since the first rendezvous in 2003, this climbing festival brings thousands of climbers together to celebrate the climbing lifestyle in one of the best settings. As the world’s largest outdoor climbing festival, this event has workshops for everyone, no matter your skill level.
If you’ve never climbed, sign up for the tremendously popular UClimb clinic. Led by an American Alpine Institute guide, this regularly sold out session offers a full day of personalized instruction that outlines the basics of rock climbing. Participants will learn a variety of techniques like belaying, knots, proper communication between belayer and climber, movement on the rock and climbing etiquette.
If you are a more experienced climber, sign up for classes like multi-pitch climbing, gym to crag, trad track, rappelling, advanced gear with placement and anchors, bouldering, fixed face/crack climbing and more. During the 2016 Rendezvous, organizers rolled out women’s-only clinics, expanded clinic hours and VIP packages as well.
The climbing experience at Red Rock Rendezvous is assuredly world-class, but purchasing a ticket to the festival will allow you to experience a realm of other activities associated with climbing as well. Other clinics offered include mountain biking, hand taping, knot tying 101, slacklining, yoga, photo climbing, GPS-Map-Compass navigation, trail running, sketching and wilderness first aid.
Best yet, purchasing a weekend ticket enables you to take advantage of the entire festival-style weekend. Friday night kicks off with the opening ceremony at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, which includes happy hour from a big-name sponsor. Your pass also includes Saturday night dinner, a pancake breakfast on Sunday, an event t-shirt as well as access to dozens of booths of killer swag from companies like Mountain Gear, Petzl, Black Diamond, Arcteryx and more.
Plus, what better place to host the world’s largest outdoor rock climbing festival than the spectacularly scenic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park? Located about 30 minutes off the Strip, visitors can make their way to the unmistakably vibrant spring mountains and use Spring Mountain Ranch State Park as their home base.
For more information on dates and tickets, check out Red Rock Rendezvous’ site. The event typically sells out each year so be sure to get your hands on a ticket early!